“…we got hundreds of comments wanting my dad dead and saying they hope he gets shot in the face. I have stayed silent until now, but I’m not doing that anymore.”
Megan started Blue Line Bears when she was 14-years-old. The daughter of a cop, Megan takes the uniforms of fallen officers and turns them into keepsake teddy bears for children who have lost a law enforcement officer parent.
Now Megan is receiving death threats for her support of the law enforcement community.
On the Blue Line Bears Facebook page, Megan wrote:
Saying I am heartbroken is an understatement. 3 and a half years ago when I started Blue Line Bears tensions were high in the United States and police officers were under attack. I received hate comment after hate comment, most along the lines of “I hope your dad is the next Officer you make a bear for.” The hate comments never truly disappeared, but they became less frequent until these past couple of weeks. I posted something that was pro-police on my own personal social media and got attacked by my own classmates calling me all sorts of things.
People who I saw as friends blocked me and called me toxic. I watched the increase in police injuries in New York and wondered if those were officers I’ve given a patch to. I scrolled through social media posts to be met with nothing but anti-police rants. My heart broke more and more everyday. Yesterday my family made the decision to get rid of the wrap on my Jeep, because it’s not safe for me to drive anymore.
My heart shattered and I finally let myself cry over this (as seen in the deleted post from yesterday). The comments were positive in the beginning until we got hundreds of comments wanting my dad dead and saying they hope he gets shot in the face. I have stayed silent until now, but I’m not doing that anymore. These people can troll and hate on my dad and me, but all they’re doing is fueling the fire that will make Blue Line Bears more and more successful. I will not stand down.
Megan and her family also unwrapped their Jeep, which was covered in a Blue Line Bears advert.
Heartbreaking. The world is privileged to have Megan, who deserves support and kindness for the compassion and empathy she shows others in their darkest hour.DONATE
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